Food Preservation & Food Safety

Welcome to the Food Preservation and Safety program in Travis County. While our food supply is among the safest in the world, each year an estimated 76 million Americans still contract foodborne illness and some – mostly the very young, elderly, and the chronically ill – die as a result. Foodborne illness is nearly 100% preventable if safe food handling practices are applied from the time food is purchased until the time it is served.

Read on to learn more about how following four easy steps — CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK and CHILL — can help you and your family be food safe. . .


canning Canning & Freezing

Unlike cooking, canning is a science and recipes must be followed exactly to ensure a safe product.  It is also essential to use recipes based on current research.  Be aware that many recipes found on the internet do not follow current food preservation standards.

Food Safety at Home

Food Safety Fact Sheets

Food Preservation Classes Available:

  • Introduction to Home Food Preservation
  • Canning Basics – Introduction to Canning
  • Jams and Jellies
  • Pickles
  • Tomatoes and Salsa
  • Using a Pressure Canner
  • Freezing Foods at Home Safely
  • Drying Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs at Home Safely

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Join this email list to receive updates about area food preservation classes offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. Our next two workshops will include the basics of pressure canning, food safety concerns when canning, and the “Ten Commandments” of canning food safely at home. The workshops will be held at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office located at 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721. The workshops will be taught by Dr. Jenna Anding, AgriLife Extension Specialist and Associate Head of the Nutrition and Food Science Department at Texas A&M University in College Station. The workshop is open to adults and youth, who are 8 years of age and up. The first event will focus on pressure canning basics and will take place March 25, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The second event will focus on water-bath canning and take place on April 22, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Attend event on 3/25/17 – Early registration Cost $35 from 2/13-3/13/17

Regular registration fee Cost $40 from 3/14-3/22/17

Late registration fee Cost $45 from 3/23-3/25/17

Attend event on 4/22/17 – Early registration Cost $35 from 2/13-3/13/17

Regular registration fee Cost $40 from 3/14-4/15/17

Late registration fee Cost $45 from 4/16-4/22/17

For more information, please contact Sonia Coyle, FCS Agent at 512-854-9605.
To register online: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
To register by phone: 979-845-2604

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For More Information Contact:

Sonia Coyle
Family & Consumer Sciences agent
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County
512.854.9600
Sonia.Coyle@ag.tamu.edu

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